1. Jacksonville Jaguars: Geno Smith-Quarterback-West Virginia
Analysis: In my opinion no quarterback in the draft warrants a top ten selection but Jacksonville will have to do something to spare what little fan base they have. Blaine Gabbert and Chad Henne are not the answer for the Jaguars so they draft the best signal caller in the draft.
2. Kansas City Chiefs: Tyler Wilson-Quarterback-Arkansas
Analysis: The Chiefs need to address the quarterback position and a gun-slinger like Tyler Wilson is exactly what they need. The Chiefs will be able to turn things around quickly if Wilson is a hit and it’s a risk they need to take because Brady Quinn or Matt Cassel are not long term answers in Kansas City.
3. Carolina Panthers: Luke Joeckel-Offensive Tackle-Texas A&M
Analysis: The Panthers should go defense but they play it safe and draft the best left tackle in the draft. This move allows Jordan Gross to the right side where he played at a high level and Cam Newton’s blind side will be protected for the next decade.
4. Oakland Raiders: Star Lotulelei-Defensive Tackle-Utah
Analysis: The Raiders have no cap space and their defense can’t stop anyone so they draft the best defensive player on the board. Lotulelei reminds me of Baltimore Raven’s all-world defensive tackle Haloti Ngata and will instantly improve the Raiders’ defense.
5. Philadelphia Eagles: Dion Jordan-Defensive End-Oregon
Analysis: Jason Babin was let go and while Brandon Graham is an emerging player the Eagles just need a total makeover on the defensive side of the ball. Jordan is a gifted pass rusher whose stock will soar by the time the draft rolls around.
6. Arizona Cardinals: Taylor Lewan-Offensive Tackle-Michigan
Analysis: The Cardinals’ offensive linemen might be the worst in the entire NFL and it starts at left tackle. While the Cardinals need a franchise quarterback in the worst way they play it safe and fix their horrid offensive line.
7. Cleveland Browns: Manti Te’o-Linebacker-Notre Dame
Analysis: Manti Te’o has been the best defensive player in college football and his skill-set translates well to the next level. The Browns need some leadership on their young defense and Te’o brings that a long with a high level of play.
8. Detroit Lions: Dee Milliner-Cornerback-Alabama
Analysis: The Lions’ secondary has been getting torched for years and they will not beat Aaron Rodgers and the Packers until they find a corner who can shutdown the opposing teams’ best target.
9. San Diego Chargers: Jake Matthews-Offensive Tackle-Texas A&M
Analysis: If you have seen the woeful play of the Chargers’ offensive line you will not argue this pick. A big reason for Phil Rivers’ struggles in 2012 has been due to the poor play along the offensive line.
10. Tennessee Titans: Damontre Moore-Defensive End-Texas A&M
Analysis: Damontre Moore is an absolute fearsome pass rusher that will bring production that the Titans have not been able to get from former first round pick Derrick Morgan.
11. Buffalo Bills: Jarvis Jones-Outside Linebacker-Georgia
Analysis: The Bills will be tempted to take Matt Barkley here but turn their attention to one of the best players in the draft. Jarvis Jones is an impact player that could have a Von Miller-esque impact at the next level.
12. Miami Dolphins: Bjoern Werner-Defensive End-Florida State
Analysis: The Dolphins need to get a go-to receiver for Ryan Tannehill but I think they take care of that in free agency with the likes of Greg Jennings. The Dolphins also need a pass rush presence opposite over Cameron Wake. A tandem of Cameron Wake and Bjoern Werner is as good as it gets.
13. New Orleans Saints: Barkevious Mingo-Defensive End-LSU
Analysis: The Saints need to revamp their defense and the most important they need is finding a player that can pressure the opposing quarterback. Mingo has not produced as expected this season but the talent is there for an elite pass-rusher.
14. New York Jets: Matt Barkley-Quarterback-USC
Analysis: It will be interesting to see what happens to the Jets at the conclusion of the 2012 season. Will Rex Ryan be brought back? I know for sure the Jets will not be able to sell their fan base on another season led by Mark Sanchez so drafting a quarterback will be the best thing for the franchise going forward.
15. St. Louis Rams: CJ Mosley-Linebacker-Alabama
Analysis: The Rams take a gifted linebacker to improve their young defense and in no time we are looking at a top five defense in the NFL.
16. Dallas Cowboys: Chance Warmack-Guard-Alabama
Analysis: The Cowboys’ interior offensive linemen is a complete joke so drafting the best interior linemen in the draft makes a ton of sense. Warmack can start at left guard immediately and take Cowboys’ fans on a trip down memory lane with thoughts of Larry Allen dancing in their heads.
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